Tibetan Mandala tantric practices & benefits
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Tibetan Mandala as a meditation tool
Mandalas can be created with a variety of materials commonly including sand, paint or fabric (appliqué).
The Mandala iconography
It is considered by practitioner to be a sacred space one should enter into with reverence and respect.
The most common mandala design features a central circle surrounded by four quadrants.
The mandala is often divided into further sections, with each section representing a different level of reality.
The mandalas created by the Dalai Lama are some of the most well-known and revered.
Mandalas are considered to be powerful tools for connecting with the divine and accessing higher states of consciousness.
Benefits of the Mandala practice
The mandala is usually used for protection, purification, and transformation of oneself.
- natural world
Physical and mental well-being
The tantric practice can help improve focus and concentration, reducing stress and anxiety.
A relaxed and focused mind can in turn give space to an enhanced creativity and self-awareness.
Fundamental communication skills
In addition with promoting physical and mental well-being, awareness can help the practitioner to significantly improve fundamental communication skills such as:
- focused listening
- clarity of thought
- emotional stability
- empathy and understanding
- patience and tolerance
- flexibility and openness
With strong fundamental communication skills advance practitioners naturally tend to start focusing on improving their problem-solving skills such as:
- damage control (via emotional stability)
- persevere through difficult tasks (via patience and practice)
- adapte to a quickly changing environment (via flexibility and openness)
- come up with new ideas (via creativity)
- organize efficient systems (via clarity of thought)
- develop critical and analytical views (via empathy and understanding)
- become more mindful of the present moment and the choices required
Finally self-esteem and spiritual growth are rooted in the combination of all previously mentioned steps.
A leader’s spiritual growth is an ongoing process that can be enhanced by a variety of spiritual practices.
Spiritual growth is a never-ending journey influenced by many factors, including personal beliefs, values and life experiences.
Spiritual growth can usually be “enhanced” by:
- studying different spiritual views
- practicing with discipline
- spending time in nature
- developing a personal relationship with a Higher Power
- service to others and acts of kindness
On the contrary it is crucial to remain aware that spiritual growth can be “hindered” by:
- negative thoughts and emotions
- wrongly interpreted experiences
- ego, pride, and other forms of self-centeredness
To conclude the Tibetan Mandala tantric practice is one tool among others used by practitioners to help grow the spirit while reducing negative interferences.